Black Pearl Sings! Starring Tony Award-Winner Tonya Pinkins at Ford's Theatre
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The last date listed for Black Pearl Sings! was Sunday October 18, 2009 / 2:30pm.
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Famous historical characters and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of… More
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“Black Pearl really sings…[The play] reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind…poignant and often funny…involving and emotionally charged.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Moving, funny and intellectually compelling.”_ —Houston Press_
By Frank Higgins
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.